Communication Studies

The Arts

Communication is the most important skill that students will need to be successful across their careers. Every class in the department offers students the ability to develop their professionalism and collaboration skills in a variety of situations from the workplace to their own interpersonal relationships.

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Whether it is persuasion for your career or clarity for your interpersonal relationships, classes in Communication Studies will train you to be an effective communicator. Among the many classes offered, students may take classes in argumentation and debate, group communication and leadership skills, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and communication fundamentals. Moreover, students may perfect their communication skills by participating on the nationally recognized Speech and Debate Team. 

Program Length

On average a full-time student would spend four semesters completing the courses in Communication Studies. For added flexibility, the department offers several of it’s courses as 8-week classes in addition to full-term classes so that students have the ability to complete multiple courses within a single semester. 

Transfer Options

Courses offered through the program meet transfer requirements for general education, and they may be applied toward an Associate in Arts degree in Communication Studies for Transfer or the Associate in Arts degree with a major in communication studies. With communication being such a desirable skill for employers, students can continue to study in a related field at a number of universities. 

Program Specific Support

Students may enhance the knowledge learned in the communication classroom by participating in Speech and Debate. IVC’s team is one of the most respected and accomplished teams in the nation, competing against colleges and universities throughout the United States. Over the past 15 years, the team has placed in the top three at 12 state championships, while winning 12 league championships. Since 2000, the team was crowned the national champions in the community college division of the National Parliamentary Debate Association 11 times. The team also has an international reputation and has hosted international debate teams from throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa on 21 occasions. The team has traveled several times to China for debate demonstrations, competition, and study abroad programs, as well as competed in the International Forensics Association in Berlin, Germany. 

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10*Introduction to Statistics2A & Major3
COMM 1Communication Fundalmentals1C & Major3
ArtsArts GE Course3A3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)1-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 2 - Critical Thinking 1B4
COMM 9Intercultural Communication4 & Major3
PSYC 1Introduction to Psychology4 & Major3
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course3B3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
COMM 2 or COMM 3Persuasion or Argument and Debate3
COMM 5Interpersonal CommunicationMajor3
Biological ScienceBiological Science GE Course5B3
Biological Science LabScience Lab GE Course5C1
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)2-3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
SOC 1Introduction to Sociology4 & Major3
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course3A or 3B3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the UC transfer math requirement in IGETC GE Area 2A.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA1 & Major3
MATH 10*Introduction to StatisticsB43
ArtsArts GE Course C13
LEARNING & SELF DEVLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
COMM 3Argumentation and DebateMajor3
COMM MajorCommunication major course from List BMajor3
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 5Interpersonal CommunicationMajor3
COMM 10 Group Dynamics and LeadershipMajor3
COMM 106 A/B/C**Forensic ActivityMajor1-2.5
HumanitiesHumanities GE CourseC23
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM MajorCommunication Major Course from List BMajor3
COMM 106 A/B/C**Forensic Activity1-2.5
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
Social ScienceSocial Science GE CourseD3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU transfer math requirement in CSU GE Area B4.
  2. Students can transfer a maxiumum of 3 units in Comm 106 A/B/C.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course23-5
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B & Major3
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C1
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 3Argumentation and Debate1C3
COMM 5Interpersonal Communication7 & Major3
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
COMM 106 A/B/CForensic ActivityMajor1 or 2.5
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 2PersuasionMajor3
COMM 9, 10 or 30Various Communication Major CoursesMajor3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
COMM 106 A/B/CForensic ActivityMajor1 or 2.5
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 9, 10 or 30Various Communication Major CoursesMajor3
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
COMM 106 A/B/CForensic Activity2.5
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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